Bucs Score One Pro Bowler: Gerald McCoy

December 26th, 2012

This should silence the legions of Gerald McCoy bashers for at least an offseason.

McCoy has been named as the Buccaneers’ lone Pro Bowler for the 2012 season. McCoy did not win the fan vote at defensive tackle, so fellow NFC players and coaches put him over the top. Apparently, all that chatter from Bucs opponents about McCoy getting steady penetration and being a guy you gameplan against wasn’t a steaming pile of BS.

Kudos to McCoy for scoring this honor in his first injury-free season. And kudos to rockstar general manager Mark Dominik for drafting his first Pro Bowler.

Ronde Barber didn’t get in, and neither did Vincent Jackson, despite his stunning yards-per-catch numbers. Joe was a bit surprised about Jackson, and Barber, too, given that the Bucs icon won the fan vote at free safety.

Barber, Jackson and Doug Martin were named alternates, with Jackson and Martin declared “first alternates.”

Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones and Victor Cruz took the NFC wide receiver honors. Dashon Goldson (49ers) and Earl Thomas (Seahawks) got the nods at free safety.

45 Responses to “Bucs Score One Pro Bowler: Gerald McCoy”

  1. Adam Says:

    “He set the record for disruptions in an NFL season,” said no one ever.

  2. tj Says:

    Vincent jackson is 4 in the nfl in rec yards but julio jones and cruz go to the pro bowl cruz barley has 1000 yds

  3. Brandon Says:

    But Cruz is known for his snazzy salsa dance… Jackson is known for going 95 yards and getting caught on the one… advantage… Cruz.

    Both Barber and Jackson probably deserve to be there, I’m sure if either want to go, they will both be named as injury/Super Bowl replacements.

  4. Architek Says:


  5. J 2.0 Says:

    I thought deserving Bucs went in this order:

    1. Martin
    2. Jackson
    3. Barber
    4. David

    Congrats to McCoy for having a great under the radar season. Apparently Ian will eat some crow.

  6. Macabee Says:

    Thomas 2.2,

    Wherever you are, McCoy says “Take Dat”!

  7. Vic Says:

    Calling 2.2 LOL. … Good for McCoy. He must have deserved it.

  8. Oahubuc Says:

    What do you know? Coaches and O-linemen respect McCoy. Along with anyone who actually knows what they’re looking at.

  9. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    A bit of a surprise but I am happy to see any Buccaneer go. Really shocked Lavonte is not even an alternate. Without the late season collapse most of the Bucs we all expected to go probably would have.

    Losing in dramatic fashion to terrible teams doesn’t really impress people.

  10. Dave Says:

    McCoy deserved it. Better play from DE forcing the QB up in the pocket and he would be in double digits in sacks.

    I though Jackson and David deserved it too with Martin and Barber being alternates or backups.

    I also think Penn should have got an alternate spot.

  11. Have A Nice Day Says:

    He really was the only defensive player to deserve it. I was hoping for Jackson too, but McCoy certainly deserved it.

  12. buccanay Says:

    Good for McCoy…hopefully we’ll get Bennet, Clayborn, and Bowers all back at 100% with a FA and rookie or two for some sort of rotation. Still not sure if we have that “sack specialist” at DE that I think we need.

  13. J 2.0 Says:

    Congratulations to Rockstar too. First of many draft picks to make pro bowl from him. Coming soon Martin, David, Barron, and FREEMAN. Mark my words Freeman will be a pro bowler one day. First Bucs draft pick pro bowler in a while.

  14. Macabee Says:

    As first alternates, Jackson and Martin will probably go. The guys from the SB teams that have been there before tend to opt out at the slightest injury and a first alternate usually gets in.

  15. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    there’s a guy on the radio (who got arrested for molesting a horse while drunk) all this morning talking about how bad McCoy still sucks. smh…….dude is CLUELESS or drunk

  16. FloridaGirl Says:

    Congrats to GMAC…tough sledding the past few years from a health perspective and hard to stand out on a colon sucking team..if he had some help he would be a monster

  17. J-VilleBuc Says:

    Good job GMC first season to play all games first season to get a pro bowl!

  18. BIG SIR Says:

    Can not wait to hear how Ian bashes this. $1,000, 000 he downplays this. Def gonna lisyen tomorrow.

  19. buccanay Says:

    lil sir…thats exactly why he talks such garbage…so you’ll be sure to tune in..

  20. raphael Says:

    Congrats to GMC !

    lol I can remember all the post asking to trade GMC, just like a certain QB for the bucs I know….. 🙂

  21. SteveK Says:

    V-Jax can’t make a probowl until he has a league average QB or better.

  22. Have A Nice Day Says:

    I remember saying last year “if he stays healthy for a entire season, he’ll be in the probowl.”
    The guy is good. No way around it.

  23. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Please let 2.2 back in Joe. Can’t wait to hear him make excuses.

  24. FunkYxMunkey Says:

    ive bashed GMC even before we drafted him. But I have no prolem telling him congrats. Now if he will have a couple more seasons like this one. I might actually convert my feelings toward him. I believe Martin and Barber will make it as replacements and Jackson with an outside chance. But I think its a joke David got snubbed! he has a better case for the pro bowl over anyother Buc!! But the good news is he will be a Buc for many more years. And should continue improving along the way. We have a great young core and within a couple years, will contend on a regular basis!!! Go Bucs

  25. blackmagic00 Says:

    We get to see what 93 brings to the table on a real good defense. Hope he gets some sacks.

  26. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I’d much rather have the respect of fellow players and coaches, who know the game, than stupid whiny fans. I’m glad McCoy got voted in and I’m even happier that it came from players and coaches.

    This takes whatever tiny little bit of credibility the whiners/haters previously had away from them. Now if they want to hate, they have to come out and claim that they know more about football than the players and coaches in the NFC.

    Good luck with that! Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

  27. andres Says:

    No barber?! No David?! For shame!!! Awesome surprise for McCoy at least we got that!

  28. BigMacAttack Says:

    I didn’t know they played defense in the Pro Bowl.

  29. bUcncRazy Says:

    Congrats GMC! Next year David, Martin, Nicks, Joseph wait for it Freeman!

  30. Andrew Says:

    WOW! surprised to see he got in. I am indifferent when it comes to McCoy, but his presences definitely makes this defense better though. Now if only he can get into the double digits in total sacks.

  31. Andrew Says:

    Lavonte David is the most deserving Buc who should have gotten into the Pro Bowl. to bad voters didnt see it that way. They will in time, though.

  32. raphael Says:

    can”t wait to see Star Lotulelei or Jonathan Hankins next to him next year …..

  33. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I totally agree that David should have gotten in. However, he probably didn’t get in because of a lack of splash plays. Tackles aren’t as sexy as INT’s.

  34. Architek Says:

    McCoy numbers would have been better if Clayborn wouldve stayed healthy. Much respect due to GMC for lasting the season and enduring the double/triple teams.

  35. Eric Says:

    Seems to be Jackson was our leading candidate. I guess the other wide outs were flashier.

    But hey, if his peers voted him in, he must deserve it.

    Of course your kinda supposed to make something out of the third over all pick.

  36. Macabee Says:


    Correct me if i’m wrong, but I think Kuechly has the most tackles of any LB and he didn’t get in. I think David has more tackles for loss. Pro Bowl balloting is as much popularity as it is performance so i’m not surprised some deserving players were overlooked.

  37. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Yes, and Kuechly also doesn’t have many splash plays. Also, David has many many more solo tackles. Kuechly likes to jump on the pile, but David seems to bring down guys all by himself (saving big plays). But as a rookie, especially from a small market team like Tampa, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that he didn’t make it. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t make it a bunch of times throughout his career though.

  38. ladyz Says:

    I want to congratulate Gerald McCoy and to lament the others who were close. Like I’ve said before-close doesn’t count. Another reason we want a winning season, players get noticed and rewarded.

  39. Ramdog Says:

    @Miguel El Magnifico

    Yesterday I posted Gerald McCoy was a good tackle and was attacked by Miguel El Magnifico he said “I lost all credibility”.

    He would listen to no reasonable argument and everytime I came up with statistics or evidence or facts he would quote Mark Twain (not sure the relavence there)

    I would like to say that this proves who really lost all credibility. Wow, time for someone to get a new screen name I think or maybe Mom will take your keyboard from you for your stupidity. Miguel do us all a favor play World of Warcraft a little more and leave the talking about football to the grown-ups or people who know something or listen to reason.

    Signature – Miguel said Ramdog lost credibility because he called McCoy good later that day he is named to the Pro-Bowl by his peers.

    PS> I guess stats and experts do know something Miguel

  40. Ramdog Says:

    @J 2.0

    I agree Martin, VJax, David and Barber are all deserving.

    David especially has been an absolute beast and Pro-football focus even had him in the rookie of the year running for a little bit. Martin had a great year too but I think the O-line is finally starting to show why we really miss Nicks and Joseph. Barber has played awesome too. I think Dominik did a good job this offseason.

  41. Bobby Says:

    This is exactly what I argued….people who really know the talent (O-linemen and coaches) could care less about stats. They know who was good and who wasn’t because they are in the game. Fans just look at stats so I guess Raheem was right…stats ARE for losers.

  42. D-Rome Says:

    “Apparently, all that chatter from Bucs opponents about McCoy getting steady penetration and being a guy you gameplan against wasn’t a steaming pile of BS.”

    Well, if that’s truly the case congratulations to GMC. When I heard the selection I thought, “Shouldn’t stats count for something?” Yet, if opposing coaches and players feel that way about GMC who am I to argue with them. Congratulations to Gerald McCoy.

  43. D-Rome Says:

    I felt Lavonte David and Vincent Jackson deserved to go to the Pro Bowl as well.

  44. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    GMC going to the Pro Bowl???? Sounds like a negotiated pick with the Buc’s front office and the NFL. Looks like they use the same voting machines as the govt.

    Sounds to me like a brokered deal like MLB.

    The only stat that Dini can brag about is perfect attendance. GMC is not the best player on this team, not even close. He’s not the best player on the defense. He’s not the best tackle in the NFC South.

    Although at a different position Rabbi Te’o-sheim has put up superior stats with less than half the playing time

    He might be the best tackle on this team only because after paying his ginormous salary, they can’t afford any depth.

    I wish Thomas were here to repudiate this. His hatred of McCoy would drive him to break down his performance play by play. I tried to do that but it was so boring to watch him not do anything that I couldn’t stay awake.

  45. PRBucFan Says:

    Now your just being stubborn lol